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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3114
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: HOETTGES K Dr (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Spring Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


1 hr assessment (mid-module)




1 hr assessment (end-of-module)




Workshop & tutorials




Qualifying Condition(s)


A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview
Introductory module in electronics for non-electronic/electrical engineering students. It builds a basic understanding of electrical concepts, circuits and instruments relevant to later modules in the course.

Normal entry requirements for degree course in Engineering

Module Aims

To create an understanding of the basic electrical concepts, principles of passive components and fundamental circuit laws. Also, to encourage an intelligent use of instruments, and correctly apply basic knowledge to the study of simple dc and ac circuits such as filters.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module, students should develop:

1) a good understanding of;
- electronic basic concepts, parameters and components
- fundamental circuit laws and AC and DC circuit analysis
- measurement equipment (voltmetres, current meters and oscilloscpoes) and their practical limitations.

2) the ability to;
- select and correctly apply the appropriate methods to solve relevant problems
- collect, simulate, analyse, evaluate, and report the relevant experimental data.

Module Content

Passive devices:

  • Resistors, Ohm's Law, potentiometers, power, resistor networks.
  • capacitors, static characteristics, charge, energy storage, time constant.
  • Inductors static characteristics, energy storage, time constant.


  • Interaction, AC response, peak, RMS.
  • Dynamic characteristics, power, reactance, phase, introduction to vector and complex number notation.

R-C Networks:

  • Frequency response, time constant, phasors, voltage gain by complex impedance method, transient response, simple filters.

Discreet semiconductors:

 - Diodes, basic semiconductor physics
 - Diodes as rectifiers (half wave and full wave bridge)
 - Use of LED, Photodiodes
 - Bipolar transistors

Methods of Teaching/Learning

10 lectures, 10 tutorial sessions (totalling 20 hours), and 70 hours independent learning.

Total student learning time 100 hours

Selected Texts/Journals
  • Required reading 

    Course material and handouts

    Recommended background reading 

     - Horowitz, The Art of Electronics (Hardcover)   Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (28 jul 1989)
     - Grob's Basic Electronics by Mitchel Schultz ISBN-10: 0073222763 ISBN-13: 978-0073222769
Last Updated

12 October 2009